Lhasa apso as a breed make for very interesting companions. They can be very big little dogs in the area of attitude. Lhasa apsos as with any dogs have a few basic needs to stay healthy. Some of the common health problems of the Lhasa apso have preventative treatments. For both female and male Lhasa's chances of developing cancer or infections of the mammary glands and/or testes is significantly reduced by spaying or neutering. Skin problems are common in this breed. When grooming your Lhasa check the skin for signs of being oily or dry, lumps, scabs, foreign objects, bumps or parasites (parasites can form in matted hair). Use Ph balanced shampoos and conditioners for dogs.
Also while grooming check your pets eyes make sure that they are bright and clear, eye problems are a concern with Lhasa Apso dogs. The eyes of your Lhasa can become infected due to the long hairs sticking to their eye. You will want to very carefully trim away any hairs that may create a problem. If your Lhasa has very frequent tearing call your veterinarian for a consult and or suggestions to help your little one. Bad breath is not a normal thing for a dog it is actually a very good indicator of dental disease or metabolic disorders. To prevent dental disease brush your Lhasa's teeth with a soft -bristle tooth brush and dog toothpaste recommended by your veterinarian. Human products for tooth care are not good for dogs it can cause them to have a very upset stomach. For metabolic disorders consult your veterinarian.
Ears your Lhasa may sometimes pretend to be deaf. Don't worry they most likely are ignoring you. A Lhasa's ears do need to be checked for mattes and sometimes the long hairs need to be plucked from them. The hair in the ears can cause wax build up and can also hold in moisture. If you do notice a foul odor coming from the ears contact the veterinarian immediately. If the little one is shaking its head or scratching its ears a lot it can be an indicator or ear mites or infection.
Heat stroke is common for Lhasa Apso dogs make sure to always have water, never leave them outside for too long on a hot day, never leave them in a car with the windows completely rolled up, nor in a house the is closed up on a hot day. Lhasa's have very thick coats and will over heat easily and quickly in the summer months so overexertion can cause them to overheat. Your Lhasa's temperature (body temperature) should never exceed 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Normal body temp ranges from 99.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Call your veterinarian if your Lhasa is experiencing or experiences in the future any of the following symptoms fever, pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing or swallowing, blood in urine or stools, inability to urinate or have a bowel movement, weight loss, trembling, and lethargy. These all can be signs of a serious illness or injury.